Parkersburg man pleads guilty to federal tax offense

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) – A Parkersburg man has pleaded guilty to filing a false federal tax return after reporting that his moving company suffered losses despite making a six-figure profit. His name is Christopher Daniels.

According to court documents and statements made in court, from at least 2013 through at least 2020, Daniels owned and operated Accedia Moving Services LLC. Daniels admitted to misrepresenting or inflating business expenses to report a loss of taxable income of $18,898 on his 2017 U.S. personal income tax return. Daniels admitted that his business should have reported a profit of $187,771 for the 2017 tax year.

Daniels further admitted to reporting false information on his U.S. personal income tax forms for the 2016-2019 tax years. Daniels reported taxable income losses totaling $164,491 for the years of taxation where he should have declared an income totaling $410,459. Income taxes due and payable total $148,653.

Daniels admitted to failing to properly withhold $119,417.46 in employment taxes, including federal taxes and the employer’s portion of Social Security and Medicare taxes. Daniels also admitted to failing to pay $12,018 in West Virginia workers’ compensation premiums on those unreported wages.

Daniels admitted that the total amount of tax liability he wrongfully withheld from state and federal entities is approximately $280,088.

Daniels is due to be sentenced Dec. 15, 2022, and faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison, one year of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Daniels also agreed that he owed $280,088 in restitution.

US Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and praised the investigative work of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation.

U.S. Senior District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Kathleen Robeson is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release can be found on the website of the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Court documents and related information can be found at PACER looking for case #2:22-cr-126.

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